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Shady Neighbors Paperback – March 9, 2011
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As the story unfolds we see that Sam's son, Jack, has a love for, and knack for finding and studying, snakes. Jack spies a very unusual snake in a high mountain lake and is enthralled by the fact that he simply cannot identify it. Paralleling this story line is the sasquatch mystery that reveals itself in some subtle and not so subtle ways to Jack. While Sam is a science teacher and something of a skeptic, he also soon realizes that Jack's experiences may be far more than a series of strange coincidences and may, in fact, point to the very real potential that there is an unknown and unclassified type of hominid in the mountains surrounding their home. In many respects, I feel that Jack, as a child and perhaps having a but more of an open mind, seems to accept his experiences at face value Sam needs some more convincing and finds it through a series of interactions with one of his students and a local investigator of the bigfoot/sasquatch mystery, Nick Rollo.
Sam soon comes to the realization that there is, indeed, quite a large amount of rather convincing evidence that the "sasquatch myth" may be a reality.Read more ›
Treading briefly into what some might consider controversial and speculative territory as well, Thom continues exploring those areas that his pioneering efforts first touched in his excellent non-fiction book: "The Locals: A Contemporary Investigation of the Bigfoot/Sasquatch Phenomenon". The book doesn't dwell on these possibilities but raises awareness of them and suggests to the reader that there may be more than merely meets the eye to these incredibly covert beings.
Thom also explores the vast Native American history and long time recognition of the Sasquatch as a real being; a fact that isn't as well known to the mainstream public, yet greatly supports the concept of Sasquatch as fact... not fiction.
The book even delves into some of the possible ramifications of discovery and proof of Bigfoot and what that might mean for them and even US in terms of ecological issues, land conservation, community financial side effects, and interpersonal relationships and politics, both with family, friends and co-workers.
Thom has penned a tale that I think benefits both the Bigfoot novice and seasoned field researcher. It's an excellent teaching tool for those first exploring the subject, and it may open the eyes of some veterans to the field and make them consider some possibilities they never did, or were willing to, prior to now.
There is more that is touched upon throughout the story but I leave that to you to discover.
The book surprised me a bit, Thom having chosen to write it as a fictional piece, even tho dealing with very real and very well documented examples of bigfoot behavior.
It turned out great. I was very pleased at how he brought out the habituation side of bigfooting and dealt with the human doubt and skepticism, all a common part of human reaction to the presence of these gentle giants in their lives.
Thom Powell knows of what he writes, and it does come thru. This book will remain a beloved part of my home library. I heartily recommend it.
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I have read Thom Powells first book "The Locals" several times because I love his approach to the mystery of Bigfoot, It answered so many questions for me and helped me... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Connie Denny Nussbaum
After waiting for an extra long time to receive this book in the mail i was over joyed to tear into it. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by Aaron
Shady Neighbors was an excellent story, not just about the Bigfoot legend, but also about family. When I first started reading a fictional book about Bigfoot, I was almost... Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by six
Thom Powell wrote a great novel involving bigfoot. I have already read his book, "The Locals," and I can see information from this book and other people's research used as... Read morePublished on August 18, 2011 by Steve H
This book was awesome,sat down and read it cover to cover! Now I'm rereading it a little more slowly to catch any little nuance I might have missed. Read morePublished on August 1, 2011 by John Bull
What a great story. Makes me want to visit all the areas mentioned in the book. I hope this is just the beginning of more adventures by Thom PowellPublished on April 6, 2011 by TVH